The history of â€˜The Blues Discographyâ€™ can be traced back to the mid 1960s when Mike Leadbitter (of Blues Unlimited) and Neil Slaven (of R&B Monthly) came together to work on â€˜Blues Records 1943-1966â€™, a â€˜selective discographyâ€™ of 380 pages eventually published in 1968.
Subsequently, an expanded â€˜Blues Records 1943-1970 (A-K)â€™ by Leadbitter and Slaven was published by Record Information Services in 1987 and a second volume (L-Z) was published in 1994 by RIS, credited to Leadbitter, Les Fancourt and RIS. In 2006 Eyeball Productions published the award winning â€˜The Blues Discographyâ€™ and a second, limited edition appeared in 2012.
This new third edition is revised, much expanded and has significantly more new information. Co-author Les Fancourt has done sterling work in collecting and collating new information/recording data from blues and R&B record company files and vaults, reissue companies, blues and R&B record collectors, discographers and researchers worldwide, from specialist blues and music magazines, other publications and websites.
Â The third edition will be published with a slightly changed format in order to reduce postal costs. It will be over 750 pages â€“ (it would have been over 850 pages if the previous format had been used and much more expensive to mail according to Eyeballâ€™s Bob McGrath).
The third edition sports a new cover design, historical introduction by Blues & Rhythmâ€™s Tony Burke, plus full acknowledgements of those who have contributed information over the years.
Date of release is 1st February, at a cost oto be announced and it will be available exclusively fromÂ www.eyeballproductions.com